DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

The mission of Daktari is to inspire, motivate, and educate underprivileged children to care for their environment through the medium of a wildlife orphanage.
Mar 3, 2014

News from the bush!

Kids from Ramatau
Kids from Ramatau

Dear friends,

We started the new year off with a bang! Our number of learners has noticeably increased and we got great results with the career guidance.

We still go to Ramatau school and to the Oaks village every week to teach some kids about nature conservation. We work at the moment with more than 60 students in the first school and 20 kids in the second one. Your donation has a huge impact on their education and we all know that it is the most powerful weapon to improve the world.

We organized a game-drive in December with 8 learners from Maahlamele. We were very spoiled as we saw more than twenty different species! The kids were delighted and had a really great time in the bush!

In our previous report, we told you that Portia wanted to work as a receptionist. Thanks to our network, we managed to find her a 3-month-placement in a lodge, for her to get more work experience. When we visited her, she was very happy and proud to tell us what she learnt and how great it is to work with tourists in a game reserve!

We are very proud as well to announce to you that Kutullo passed his FGASA assessment. He worked very hard for it. The next step now to become a field guide is his driving license and his PDP. Well done Kutullo!

For more info, don’t forget that you can still follow us on Facebook or on our website.

The Daktari team and the learners will never thank you enough for your support!


DAKTARI Outreach Programme Manager

Game drive
Game drive
Portia at the reception
Portia at the reception
Feb 12, 2014

Cleaning Shiloweni's Camp!

Shiloweni hiding in his tree
Shiloweni hiding in his tree

Hello to all you Leopard lovers!

Shiloweni is doing really well lately, it's Summer here in South Africa and although the weather is unbearably hot for us, Shilo is loving the long grass that has erupted in his enclosure! He is not the most sociable cat and we only really get to see the odd flick of his tail these days as he stays happily hidden amongst the foliage.

It's obvious that we love him more than he loves us! But, that also makes us very happy because in his head he is still very much a wild Leopard - and always will be.

In December, as a pre-Christmas treat we decided to give Shiloweni's camp a spring clean. This doesn't happen too often as we don't like to disturb him and leave our human scent around but it is quite a big task when it does! We secured him safely on the far side of his enclosure and got to work.

A team of 10 volunteers, kitted with gloves and buckets, combed the 2,500 square metre area and scooped up an aray of discarded bones in all shapes and sizes! Enough to almost fill the back of our pick up truck...we also found the remains of a Leopard Tortoise shell, sadly the two species are obviously not companions despite sharing the same name.

We always need more funding to ensure Shiloweni's health and happiness and our safety, if you could mention our project to your friends and family or perhaps share the link below on your facebook or twitter page that would really help us to spread the word!

Here is the link you need: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/provide-food-and-care-for-our-leopard-for-one-year-1/

Thank you so much for your continued support of DAKTARI, our animals and particularly Shiloweni, we could not give him the happy life he deserves without you and we are forever grateful.

I hope you have enjoyed my little update and the pictures below,

All the best to you,

Amy Hulme - Marketing Manager

Email me: marketing@daktaribushschool.org

Two of the volunteers combing the camp!
Two of the volunteers combing the camp!
Bucket of bones! Yum!
Bucket of bones! Yum!
Poor left overs of a Leopard Tortoise
Poor left overs of a Leopard Tortoise
Our pick up truck filling up nicely!
Our pick up truck filling up nicely!


Jan 28, 2014

A thank you from the children...

This weeks children (27th - 31st January)
This weeks children (27th - 31st January)

Hello and Happy New Year again!

We can't believe it is almost February already! 2014 is already off to a great start at DAKTARI, with all thanks going to YOU for supporting our 'Sponsor a Child' project at Christmas time.

We last wrote to you at the beginning of January to say a huge thank you for enabling us to raise enough money ($4349.25 to be exact!) to fund the first 24 children of the year, to attend DAKTARI for 5 days of environmental education.

Last week we recieved the first group of 8 children from our neighbouring township, the Oaks Village, who had a wonderful time with us. We are currently enjoying the second group of 8 children who are also from the same village, they are in grade 8 and attend Maahlamele High School - this weeks children have written you a letter, which you will find attached as a PDF document as well as copied below:

A letter from the children, written by the children...

"To all the Global Giving supporter,

Thanks you for supporting us. To come to Daktari. We like to learn about animals and many things. Daktari is a nice place. We enjoy everything in Daktari.

Thanks for helping us. From:

Kimberley, Kevin, Tony, Katlego, Shirley, Kgomotso, Thapelo, Magamane.


Final thanks...

By this Friday, 31st January, we will have educated 16 of the 24 children you helped us to sponsor. By the end of 2014, we will have educated over 300. DAKTARI simply could not do it without you and we are so grateful!

Please keep us in mind during the days, weeks and months to come and stay in touch via our BLOG, our FACEBOOK page and on TWITTER.

All the best, Amy Hulme.

Marketing Manager

E: marketing@daktaribushschool.org

The children having a lesson on politeness/respect
The children having a lesson on politeness/respect
The children writing their thank you letter to you
The children writing their thank you letter to you


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